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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/01/2015
- Golf courses across the area will try to capitalize on the next few weeks of weather. We've got great weather this week, but we know it won't last too long unfortunately. Tonight on Newswatch 12 we'll tell you why there is such a focus going into October and how you can benefit.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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ONEIDA COUNTY - Drivers in Woodruff and Minocqua might want to avoid a popular shortcut soon. A several month long road project will start next week on County Highway J between Highways 51 and 47.

Last year, the intersection of County Highway J and Highway 51 was completely redone.

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RHINELANDER - September might not seem like the best time to plan your garden, but taking steps now can mean better results later.

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RHINELANDER - Anxious and excited kids will find more creative ways to learn this year at Crescent Elementary School in Rhinelander.

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STEVENS POINT - Marijuana is still illegal in Wisconsin, but cities across the state slowly have been relaxing penalties against people caught with small amounts of the drug.

A Gannett Central Wisconsin Media review (http://spjour.nl/1FfQP0S ) found that nine of the state's 10 largest cities have decriminalized simple possession. Madison and Milwaukee were among the first cities in Wisconsin to reform their ordinances on marijuana.

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NORTHWOODS - Around this time, people start noticing webbed nests on tree branches in their yards and woods. Fall webworm activity peaks in August. The insects are native to northern Wisconsin and live on hardwoods. Caterpillars form nests and feed on the leaves inside the nest.

"They do make a very messy web nest and people would be seeing that at this time of year," DNR forest health specialist Linda Williams. "The web nests that we see in trees in the fall will be out at the ends of branches."

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MINOCQUA - Almost one in three American girls in 12th grade use tanning beds, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control.

But tanning could become illegal in Wisconsin for many of those teenagers under a proposed state law. Bill author Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) wants to ban everyone under age 18 from using tanning beds in the state.

It's currently illegal for Wisconsin studios to serve anyone younger than 16. But in the Northwoods, plenty of 16- and 17-year-olds come to places like the Tone Zone clubs in Minocqua and Eagle River to tan before winter and spring events. The manager of Tone Zone, Stephanie Van Holdt, said they're almost all girls.

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RHINELANDER - Three racers from the Hodag BMX Club took first place in their Division at the State Championships in Oshkosh this weekend.

No one in the club placed lower the fourth.

Coach Robbie Deede said the Hodag BMX program continues to grow better and stronger each year.
He was proud of everyone who competed this year.

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